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Predation on Vachellia trees in the Evrona Nature Reserve following an oil spill

Citation

Ferrante, Marco et al. (2022), Predation on Vachellia trees in the Evrona Nature Reserve following an oil spill, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.s1rn8pk86

Abstract

The Evrona Nature Reserve (southern Israel; 29°40′N, 35°00′E) was affected by two large oil spills in 1975 and 2014, respectively. Between Nov 2019 to Oct 2019, we recorded invertebrate and vertebrate predation rates using the artificial caterpillar method (Howe et al. 2009, Entomol Exp App) in oil-polluted and unpolluted Vachellia trees.

Methods

We measured predation rates monthly (except for Dec 2018). Artificial caterpillars were placed both at ground and canopy levels. We used 8 caterpillars x tree for a total of 240 caterpillars per sampling event.

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